I'll be leading two sessions at the annual Connecting the Pieces conference, hosted by sd35 in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.
Session 1 : Playful Communities
We are members of multiple communities: cities, neighbourhoods, schools, classrooms, and more. How can we engage communities of all sizes with interactive experiences to communicate the power of play-based learning? This session is an opportunity to revisit the joy of true play, and take away ideas for engaging your community through play.
You will see vivid examples of hands-on, interactive play installations created for children and families, and explore materials and provocations. Engage in dialogue around translating these large-scale examples of open-ended community play to other groups: for example, stations in a classroom, or a classroom or school event to engage families. Come prepared to play with interesting ideas and materials!
Session 2 : Reflection and the "Teacher Self"
As educators, we are always thinking about children. In this workshop, participants will explore the idea of the “teacher self” through play and writing. Participants will explore their own ideas, questions, biases, joys, and ideas about teaching practice. Why do we make the decisions we make? What are we drawn to, and what are we afraid of? This session is an opportunity to reflect and think, and to learn about structures and practices that can make reflection a regular part of your teaching practice—it is simpler and more rewarding than you think!